PREVIOUS EPISODES: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ghost+BustersLAST EPISODE: You talked about PAGAN rites, and admired a P-COC display.- - -Koko, the P-COC registry clerk, gets out a small novelty snowglobe. It's a cheap one you can get in the gift store of the Tokyo Tower. There's the tower itself among all the little flakes. She flicks a switch and a little light turns on in the snow globe. It's blue."All you need to do, is to change the color of this light from blue, to green, then to red, and then black to blue. You can't let go of the snow globe." Koko says. "Who wants to try first?"Well, there's NO way you can do this. You have no idea about Sachiko either, who also looks clueless."I'll go first." You say. Might as well get it over with. You hold onto the globe and close your eyes and focus, and then relax. Nothing. Of course."That's okay." Koko says. "Different talent for different folks. Your turn!" She says to Sachiko.Sachiko takes the snow globe and stares at it. Then she concentrates.> Do nothing and see if anything happens.> Step on her foot, maybe that'll do something.> Take her other hand. Maybe that will effect things.> Other
>>34139675>Do nothing and see if anything happens.Sink or swim time for Sachiko.
And remember, trying to go middle-road screwed us over during the Sachiko side-quest.
>>34139675Take her other hand. Because why not?
>>34139943Because it tells Sachiko that her powers are weak an ineffective unless she depends on a Ghostbuster to help her. And it WILL affect her, because Star has a heightened PKE signature as an active Ghostbuster who interacts with ghosts on a daily basis.
>>34139981i agree with this shlub. let scotch-tape do it on her own.
I guess take her hand? We're assumed to be a couple, and I don't know how it could hurt.Not really a fan of this choice though, it's too vague. Like does taking Sachiko's hand indicate we don't believe in her?
>>34140054>and I don't know how it could hurt.This is how it could hurt >>34139981And yes, it would indicate that we don't believe in her. Because, you know, Star knows about her own heightened PKE signature, so it causing some interference, maybe boosting Sachiko's powers, would occur to her. This isn't just about passing or not passing the tests, it's about whether Sachiko is able to do things on her own or not, since she now knows that her magic works.
>>34139675So, here's what we want to do. Get to the legal documents, read through as much as we can to stall, and try to keep them as we leave. Don't obfuscate Sachiko's power, if anything, enhance it. Ask her if we should help, then help her as she wants.
>>34139675>>34140143So, basically,> Ask her what she wants> Hold her hand if it will boost her power
>>34140139Alright then, let's not hold her hand.I agree with your logic but I don't know if the QM does. Let's find out I guess.
>>34140143Hopefully Sato will save us with the Fire Drill, should be happening any minute now
I figured out what the previous session did. Sachiko's abilities are starting up, and are related to her confidence. So stepping on her for will interrupt and attempt to disrupt her abilities. The alternative is going loud and exposing what us going on.
>>34140143I really hope there's not some compulsion spell to make people sign the contract, but given that no one else seems to have had suspicions I'm not so sure.
>>34140282We can read through all the legal documents to stall. Getting a copy in-fact is a great idea.
>>34140338But didn't we already damage Sachiko's confidence by having our metagaming ruin the first test, which I'm still mad about, and Star did all the work on test two?We might,have already fucked up too much.
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>34140374>>34140143What legal documents? Koko hasn't shown you anything except the marbles and the snow globe. She's holding a red leather folder, but she's not showing it to you.>>34140255>>34140021>>34139710Sachiko takes a deep breath and focuses on the snow globe.
>>34140489Not a four but also not good enough since 3s are meaningless.Guess we got Sachiko fired.
>>34140455You keep saying that, and even if you might be true, why don't you figure out a ways out instead of being woe and doom?
>>34140528I don't care if they're meaningless or not, I believe they mean somethingBecause 3 is the number of life.did get lucky that one time with Umi and her ghost pals
>>34140569That was a d4. Three was the best number to get.
>>34140489(Lucky 3 time!)Star's eyes shoot up as the snow globe not only changes colors exactly how Koko asked them to change, but the snow in the globe starts to swirl around the little Tokyo tower.Sachiko has her eyes closed while this is going on. When she opens them she lets out a small gasp and drops the globe onto the table. The light goes back to being blue and the snow settles. "How...?" Sachiko looks at the globe and then looks at Star.Star shakes her head.Sachiko looks back at the snow globe. "Huh."Koko's pencil is scratching inside that red folder of hers. She nods and then looks up at the two girls, all smiles. "Well, I must say that congratulations are in order! Welcome to the P-COC Tokyo Registry girls, you'll be ranked as Class A. Sorry that you couldn't make Class S." She gestures to the door. "But believe me, you're still in a VERY exclusive group. There's going to be a LOT of work, money, and respect in your futures!""Umm...okay. That's...good." Sachiko says.Koko blinks. She's a little thrown off at how un-estactic the girls are. She makes a small text on her phone. "I'm having the paperwork sent up to us." She drums her fingers. "While we wait, could you indulge me in a little fun?""Fun?" Star asks."Something to pass the time. It won't take long." Koko gets out a piece of paper and...draws a tic-tac-toe grid on it. "I assume you know the game.""Uhh, yeah." Sachiko says."Good! Now. I'll go first, then you go, and then I'll go, and then you go." Koko says, pointing to Sachiko and then Star."Okay." Sachiko says."Alright!" Koko says.She makes an X in the center-left square.Sachiko makes a O in the center square.Koko makes an X...in the upper-left corner. What?Star's turn.> What's her move?
>>34140734(I've decided to make 3's crits, but only when you're on a d4, d6, d8, d12 roll.)
>>34140734Amazing how even a simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe in this quest makes my heart flutter if there's something else I should be seeing here.Of course, the only options now are-putting an O in the lower left corner, and following till a draw unless she forfeits-forfeiting by losing on purpose-stop playing?
>>34140734Make an O in the lower-left corner.This game is already over, though. No one can win.x|-|-x|o|-o|-|-So what purpose does this have?
A game for children?If we lose we'll be sent to the shadow realm.
>>34140863>This game is already over, though. No one can win.Unless the other person is careless or gives up on purpose.Could just be a harmless game of Tic Tac Toe and our nerves are shot and seeing conspiracy and esosterics everyhwere.
>>34140863Is there anything thatx|o|xx|o|xo|x|oMight refer to spiritually, or as a character in the Japanese language?
>>34140734>Put O in the Upper Right.The game is a won thing, let's see what happens when we do what she doesn't want.
>>34141037Besides looking like a dick and two balls?
>>34141063Why would she want us to lose? If anything that's the same backing down and fucking up that's been plaguing us for a while.Let's just finish this thing in a draw.
>>34140952There's no doubt that we're being played, the only question is if it is on an in-game level, or if it's messing with metagaming.
>>34140863You make an O in the lower left corner.Koko makes an X...in the lower center square?Sachiko makes an O in the upper right corner and draws a line."Ah!" Koko says. "You two have defeated me and all my forces! Let no one question it." She giggles. "Thank you. I know it's silly but we civil servants get SO little time to just relax.""No problem." Sachiko says, giving you a shrug of confusion."Anyway, here's Toshi with the papers." She nods at a man you see through the glass, approaching your office. He has another Red Leather folder.The door opens. "Hello." Toshi says. "I hear we've got two new A ranks, congratulations!"> Roll 1d6
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>34141147We should ask to read the documents first, and ask for copies.Also, saying that we have defeated her and all of her forces must mean something.
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>34141147
>>34141147Lets make sure Sachiko signs nothing before we read through it.
>>34141037You thought of that too?Yeah my best guess was she wants us to make a specific pattern, including her eventually making a "mistake" but I don't know near enough kanji to see what it could be?
>>34141208>>34141189Now we're fucked.
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>34141147Third roll
>>34141147>>34141258Took too long to type but I knew it.We were just rused.
>>34141319>>34141208>>34141189I think the dice pool was 1st three rolls right?
>>34141344Maybe take the order the choices were made in and see if it spells something out?
>>34141319The fire alarm goes off.All four people in the room look up."Someone must have put their lunch in the toaster too long." Koko says. "Sorry about that. They'll probably turn it off in a few moments. Now..." Toshi opens his folder and lays it on the table.One side has the contract, it's one page. The other side has two long vertical strips of black paper. Koko puts two red, ball-point, pens in front of each of you."Go ahead and read through the contract.Then sign your names, in kanji, on the other side. One name per piece of paper. Take your time." Koko says. "And again, don't worry about the smoke alarm."You and Sachiko look at the contract. It's...well it's very simple. One page. No small print. It's in Legalese but not completely unintelligible. You think.First blush of the contract says that you will be on the registry, and that you will continue to uphold the traditions and ways of the organization you represent. You will serve the nation of Japan to your best ability, and that you won't commit any crimes, or you'll be booted off the registry.It seems perfectly legit.> Make a fuss about the fire alarm.> Read over the contract again, trying to puzzle out if the legal jargon is hiding anything.> Ask a question about the contact (Write your own)> Other
>>34141651> Read over the contract again, trying to puzzle out if the legal jargon is hiding anything.
>>34141651>> Ask a question about the contact (Write your own)This sounds useful, we better use it while we can.
>>34141651Ask what it means to serve the nation of Japan in this context?Though I feel like it might be a good idea to try and leave now, since the alarm bell ringing was the result of a good roll.
>>34141765If anything Star, though not Saichiko, can claim a previous experience with fire and not listening to alarms and leave.
>>34141651> Ask a question about the contact (Write your own)Ask about the "organization we represent" part. Which organizations are that? We never said what organization Star belongs to; it would be hilarious for us if the contract magically bonds us to being a Ghostbuster and fucking them over.
>>34141808> This isn't a bureaucracy, this is some sort of weird cult.But it makes sense for the PCOC to be so intrinsically tied to all things mythical and religious about japan.
>>34141765>Ask what it means to serve the nation of Japan in this context?Like the duly elected officials of Japan, or the Emperor of Japan, or the metaphysical idea of Japan?
>>34141808Unfortunately that's metagaming. In character, everything is fine.I don't think we have a good reason to want to leave at this point, which makes the reason for that roll hard to discern.This whole situation stinks, because the only way,to avoid metagaming is to ensnare ourselves
>>34141651Threes are important here. Agreed to come here three times, three marks and a person's forces are completely defeated, and a signature on three pieces of paper. Black vertical strips of paper is just fucking weird, too.
>>34141914A bureaucratic organization is playing weird games, not making us wait in a line with a bunch of other people, and is giving us a document to sign that appears initially simple. They are ignoring fire code regulations!What about this seems fine to you, and why wouldn't Star notice this?
>>34141953>A bureaucratic organization is playing weird gamesPsyker tests, really that's like one of the first things in the 1st ghostbuster movie that Peter Venkmen did, it's actually impressive they managed to make a system out of it>not making us wait in a line with a bunch of other peopleDidn't we already? We waited for our number to be called.> and is giving us a document to sign that appears initially simpleThis ought not to be an indicator of anything >They are ignoring fire code regulations!We and the PCOC have a history of ignoring certain regulations, but I agree with that point.
>>34141909Really I'm not sure why we can't do both.It'd be suspicious if they tried to rush or threaten us.
>>34141651> Make a fuss about the fire alarm.They're ignoring the fire code, playing weird games to pass the time, and the document they want us to sign is simple and refers to things they aren't showing us, with language that is obscure.
>>34142003>Didn't we already? We waited for our number to be called.In the manner of most pubic service organizations. In a stressful area, and done in a piss-poor manner.>This ought not to be an indicator of anything It's a small thing, but multiple small discrepancies lead to bigger things that are wrong.
>>34141891>>34141822>>34141765"What exactly does it mean to serve the nation of Japan? The language is a little murky." Star asks."It means..." Koko says over the fire alarm. "Hold on, Toshi, close the door."Toshi closes the door and the alarm gets a little softer. "It means that you will follow the wishes of the Emperor, State Shinto, the Diet, and the local laws and ordinances. The P-COC organization is actually last on that list. We understand that in your line of work there's often need for flexibility. If you belonged to another organization, like the Catholic Church, they'd also be there, right after the Emperor." Koko waves her hands. "It just means don't break the law, and if P-COC gives you a job, you're expected to do it. If you don't, you don't get paid. Also, you don't have to listen to P-COC if you get orders from another superior."> Roll 1d4
Rolled 4 (1d4)>>34142120"Why are you closing the door? Why are you ignoring the fire code?"
Rolled 3 (1d4)>>34142120Oh god why.
Rolled 3 (1d4)>>34142120It isn't specified which Emperor; in our line of work we need to specify which one, since past Emperors can count. Not to mention, it's only specifying his orders, not what happens if he's possessed or coerced.
>>34142149>>34142156>>34142208Hmm, a 4 and two 3's, this will be interesting.
>>34142208>>34142156>>34142149Two threes don't beat a four.Also, I'm pretty sure our curiosity just fucked us up, even though I thought complaining had a lot of support.
>>34142290In my experience, it'll be a different combination of effects that combines all rolls into one thing. 3s only recently become crits, so...we really don't know. But Ghostmaster is a cool person, so lets see what happens.
>>34142329He's a cool person who deserves smarter players who don't waste his plots and what are probably very obvious hints on complete obviousness.
>>34142208>>34142156>>34142149"Now, if you don't have any other quest-" Koko starts."SMOKE!" Toshi shouts. He rips open the door and, gripping his crotch, runs for it."Shit!" Sachiko says. "Oh! Umm, ummm, please, please just sign really quick and then we can all get out of here!" Koko says."What?" Star says. "We have to leave!""SIGN FIRST!" Koko snaps. "Please...I mean...you have my word that we can go over the contact item by item later and renegotiate if you'd like, but I need your signature. NOW...please." She says. You can see her knuckles are white as she's gripping the table so hard.Yeah, that's the last alarm bell. Something's now officially Off.> Make a meaningless scribble and signal Sachiko to do the same.> Sign a fake name and signal Sachiko to do the same.> Grab the whole damn contact and run for it.> Other
>>34142356I'll completely admit that I'm pretty oblivious, but even I can see something strange is happening here.
>>34142365>Grab the whole damn contract and run for it. NOPE NOPE NOPE.
>>34142365> Grab the whole damn contact and run for it.Nope.webm
>>34142365>Grab the whole damn contact and run for it.This will force a reaction.
>>34142365>> Grab the whole damn contact and run for it.Get it and get gone
>>34142365>Please...I mean...you have my word that we can go over the contact item by item later and renegotiate if you'd like, but I need your signature. NOW...please."Nope. That's not how an honest contract is supposed to work in any world.This is our chance to leave, we have a legitimate reason to go away, even if we'd be required to come back the next day. I believe we should do something that lets us leave without signing this contract.
>>34142398>>34142408>>34142415>>34142419Please no, if we bring that thing it will make it easier for them to make us sign it later or sooner
You know what's funny? Traditionally in folklore, Kitsune and Tanuki are rivals and enemies. Rini called them country bumpkins, but they're not sociopaths like Kitsune. Maybe Rini has contacts who can get us in touch with Tanuki who would be willing to turn informant and tell us what's happening here in the P-COC?
>>34142398>>34142408>>34142415>>34142419Star snaps the red folder closed and grabs the thing. "How about we sign this later?" She says. "Come on 'partner,' we need to go!"The girls run from the room."GET BACK HERE WITH THAT!" Koko snaps and lunges after them, "I mean...we we need it for our records!""Okay, now what?!" Sachiko asks Star.> Run for the stairs, everyone's going there, we'll hide in the crush of the crowd.> Run towards the smoke. Yes, it's a stupid stupid idea, but these guys really do NOT like fire. Maybe you could lose them.> Hide in another meeting room, let Koko think you've already ran out and sneak out behind her.> Other
>>34142464Then do you want to just run without signing anything or grabbing the contract?
>>34142531> Run towards the smoke. Yes, it's a stupid stupid idea, but these guys really do NOT like fire. Maybe you could lose them.When in doubt, stupid plans.
>>34142531> Run towards the smoke. Yes, it's a stupid stupid idea, but these guys really do NOT like fire. Maybe you could lose them.If we really need to, we'll dump the contract in a fire or under the sprinklers.
>>34142531> Run towards the smoke. Yes, it's a stupid stupid idea, but these guys really do NOT like fire. Maybe you could lose them.I know it's stupid, but, it's something these people wouldn't expect.
>>34142531>Run towards the smoke. Yes, it's a stupid stupid idea, but these guys really do NOT like fire. Maybe you could lose them.Dumb ideas have gotten us this far, right?
>>34142603No, don't dump the contract. I think we can use it to reverse everything.
>>34142673This, it tells us just what the heck is going on.
>>34142673As soon as we have a chance, we should look at it with ecto goggles and a PKE meter.
>>34142660>>34142656>>34142603>>34142556"Come on!" Star shouts at Sachiko and the pair run straight into the smoke.It's a better idea on paper than it is in practice. There's no chance of getting burned or scalded, since it's just a magazine and a tacky couch seat that's actually on fire...but the smoke gets in your eyes, makes it hard to breathe, and near impossible to see.You hear footsteps, but their far away and slowing. The smoke is hiding your presence a bit, and again, P-COC staff really don't like fire.Sachiko is coughing and holding onto your arm as guidance.You know there's another staircase on the other side of this area. You get to there, without being caught or pursued and you're all but home free.> Barrel through following the green glow of the exit signs.> Do what they taught you in school and educational TV, get low and start crawling.> Use the folder as a fan to clear away the smoke.> Other
>>34142859> Barrel through following the green glow of the exit signs.
>>34142709Might not have enough PKE to reveal much. Better yet we take pictures of it and have copies scanned via the Spectronalizer to see much more accurately if there is any underlying PKE.Likewise, we'd scan the pictures of the Kimono star took with her cellphone.
>unanimous consensus on a self-professed stupid planI've got a bad feeling about this, but the justifications make sense.
>>34142887Which is, btw, the same device used to reveal Vigo in his painting.Most ghosts don't appear on camera or in reflections (also vampires), the Spectronalizer is designed to amplify invisible imprints and reveal its true form.
>>34142859>Do what they taught you in school and educational TV, get low and start crawling.Let's play it safe, I don't want to end up unconscious in P-COC's offices.
>>34142859>Do what they taught you in school and educational TV, get low and start crawling.Finally a chance to be careful for once!
>>34142859>Use the folder as a fan to clear away the smoke.Maybe the smoke will react with the PKE in the contract and reveal something?>>34142887Didn't they need actual film for the spectronylzer to work, and digital computer files wouldn't? Or am I getting my supernatural canons mixed up?
>>34142988It could also remove the PKE signature.
>>34142988Not worth the risk, we might burn the contract and then we can't examine it later.
>>34142988>Didn't they need actual film for the spectronylzer to work, and digital computer files wouldn't? Or am I getting my supernatural canons mixed up?Was that in the cartoon? I don't see why one for of pictures would be different than another.>>34143009If these contracts become null and void by taking pictures of it, then this just go a whole lot easier.>>34143023Which is why we'd be using photocopies of the contract, obviously.
>>34142993>>34142968>>34142940Star pulls Sachiko down to the ground and both of the girls start crawling towards the exits, using the green signs as a guide. It's clear going, the smoke isn't as bad down here, so your path is easy to find. You just have to hope that someone doesn't try and catch up to you.Thankfully, whomever set the fire did a rather good job of it. It's not easy to see much of anything unless they're looking for people crawling on the ground.> Roll 1d8
>>34143009>>34143023Ah, I see you were replying to the smoke idea not the Spectronalizer, never mind.
Rolled 8 (1d8)>>34143168Ggggggghosssttt rolllll
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>34143168>>34143172Yeah, sorry. Being non-specific is a personality trait I'm trying to change.
Rolled 4 (1d8)>>34143168
>>34143199SON OF A BITCH
Rolled 8 (1d8)>>34143168>>34143186Please not after an 8, pls
>>34143204>>34143199Fucking shit if I just typed Capcha faster. . .
>>34143199God fucking dammit we were so close too.
>>34143212you blame this on me but i only rolled once
>>34143199So now what?>Pass out from smoke inhalation>bad guys grab us>Kimono activates> bad guys circled around and are waiting by exitAs far as things go, this is the worst time to get a ghost roll, when we are actively in danger.
>>34143348Stop giving GM ideas.
>>34143348its like hes rolling when the gm doesnt ask him to. Insane!!
>>34143199"There you are!" Star hears Koko yell and there's a feeling of something grabbing her leg.> You're almost there. All it'll take is a bit of a struggle and you're sure you'll be able to break free.> Toss Sachiko the folder and make sure that she gets away. Make sure that this isn't a total loss.> Kick hard with your leg and pull Koko into the smoke with you with the intention of violence. If you hand the folder to Sachiko BEFORE doing this, you'll lose your moment of vulnerability on Koko and she'll have a firm grasp on you. So it's give up the folder, or fight Koko, can't do both.> Other
>>34143490> You're almost there. All it'll take is a bit of a struggle and you're sure you'll be able to break free.All or something better than nothing!
>>34143490>Toss Sachiko the folder and make sure that she gets away. Make sure that this isn't a total loss.They REALLY want that folder, let's make damn sure they don't get it.
>>34143490Seriously? Trying to escape a fucking fire and she's grabbing our leg?
>>34143490>Toss Sachiko the folder and make sure that she gets away. Make sure that this isn't a total loss.I don't trust the dice to back us up if we try to fight, let's play it safe this time.
>>34143145>I don't see why one for of pictures would be different than another.It's because the technology behind the two are completely different (aside from the lenses). Film photography is made by allowing light (and PKE) to directly fall onto a chemical film that reacts with the energy that falls upon it. A digital camera has CCD and CMOS sensor chips that create a digital file from detected photons. It's be a different story if the digital camera had PKE sensor chips to go along with the CCD chip.
>>34143490> You're almost there. All it'll take is a bit of a struggle and you're sure you'll be able to break free.Letting ourselves get captured sounds really stupid.
>>34143490>You're almost there. All it'll take is a bit of a struggle and you're sure you'll be able to break free.Nobody gets left behind dammit!
>>34143490> You're almost there. All it'll take is a bit of a struggle and you're sure you'll be able to break free.Nearly there
>>34143580She's totally legit anon. Everything's fine. If we sign the contract, we can go free.
>>34143490Wait, is the first option to get rid of the folder in order to get away?The third option makes it sound like our options are: 1. Run and drop the folder2. Give the folder to Sachiko but let Star be captured3. Fight Koko without giving up the folderIs this right?
>>34143490Toss the folder, her strength is superhuman.
>>34143729>>34143723>>34143683Star grits her teeth and fights to break free of...what is this wrapped around her ankle anyway? It's not an arm or a leg. It feels...soft, whatever it is.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>34143779rolling
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>34143779Oh boy.
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>34143779
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>34143779>It feels...soft, whatever it is.Tentacle time.
>>34143644Then we'll need to purchase a real photographic camera, that or work on a PKE sensitive digital camera in the same way as there are infrared cameras which can detect light past the visible spectrum.
>>34143808Goddammit, just a little bit too late.
>>34143814Which shouldn't be that hard if we can make PKE sensitive ecto-goggles.
>>34143833And I was the one who rolled the 4. So much for my redemption.
>>34143808Tail. It's a kitsune probably.And 12 probably isn't high enough.
>>34143871Eh, I think we have a shot since it's above 10. At the very least it certainly isn't going to be an insta-lose.
>>34143906Enough people voted for throwing Sachiko the contract, so there is that.
>>34143906Maybe.Depends on what Sachiko is doing.
>>34143951What is everyone else doing? Hopefully getting their equipment.
>>34144008Sato and Akira set the fire and evacuated.Daisuke is on his sneaking mission.Did you forget what the plan was?
>>34144008We still haven't done Daisuke's section yet either, I'm wondering how that's gonna turn out.
>>34143795You try to pull free of the grip that's around your leg, but all you manage to do is drag yourself forward a few more inches.Also, Koko has come into the smoke. She's hacking and coughing worse than you are actually. She's wheezing for breath...but she can see you.And you can see her. She's not human. She's...a plant?Open flowers are where her eyes eye, her skin is a mass of branches, bark, and moss. Her hair is a mass of what looks like seaweed. Her hands and legs aren't really hands or legs, but a mass of vines that are taking hand and leg shape, compressed into a sensible business suit.One of those vines is wrapped around your leg."This...*cough*...isn't...*wheeze*...please...*cough.* Hurting...*cough*...help...give back...following orders...please...*cough*...burn down...*gasping breath*...home...JUST SIGN! PLEASE!"There's now a vine around each leg of yours, you aren't getting away without Koko letting you go, either willingly or unwillingly.> Push her into the fire.> Pull her down and fight her on the ground.> Surrender, but throw the folder to Sachiko so she can get away with the stuff.> Other
>>34144040I'm pretty sure the first ghost roll we get will get us either captured or just kicked out.
>>34144186Welp, I'd say if Star gets out this encounter is warrant enough for us to get our equipment and go back in full gear, maybe put out the fires with some slime.
>>34144186>Push her into the fire.No mercy, we can't afford that luxury when we're at war.
>>34144186>Star being captured and engulfed by tentacle vinesl-lewd
>>34144186>Other"Just following orders? Then follow mine! Let go or I'll make sure we BOTH BURN!"Bluff and threaten. She knows we've got some powers, and there's a fire right behind her. Will she risk it?
>>34144186> Push her into the fire.Violence isn't the answer. It's the question. The answer is YES!
>>34144186>>34144270Start with this, but do it for real if she doesn't back down.
>>34144186"It's pointless, Ghostbusters aren't allowed to join!"Let's not be murderers.
>>34144256>>34144284It sounds like, unlike the tanuki who are just mercenaries, Koko is being forced to do this under threat of her home being burned. Sure we can't get all youkai to surrender peacefully, but if we get a reputation for taking no prisoners, then no one will consider surrendering.
>Surrender, but throw the folder to Sachiko so she can get away with the stuff.We can't risk losing the folder now, it's obviously important. We can always rescue Star.
>>34144352>>34144270Should we combine these two?Star's cover is likely to be blown pretty soon; her picture is right on the receptionist's desk, after all.Maybe revealing she's a Ghostbuster will make the order more believable?
>>34144352It's not murder if it's self defense.Also explicitly speaking, murder is limited to killing humans and defined as such.
>>34144415We've already done your section Akira, go away.
>>34144455actually murder does only apply to humans in the sense of the word itself
>>34144405"Just following orders? Then follow mine! I'm a Ghostbuster, so either follow me or I'll make sure we both BURN!"
>>34144270Star gets up and grabs Koko's 'arms' and looks her dead in the face. The plant woman is a little startled at someone not even blanching at her true form."Just following orders? Then follow mine! Let go or I'll make sure we BOTH BURN!" Star snaps and she pushes slightly towards the burning couch."You wouldn't!" Koko hacks out."Try me." Star says. "I'm a Ghostbuster. We. Don't. Bluff."> Roll 1d8 to see if Koko falls for the bluff.
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>34144565C'mon dice!
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>34144565
>>34144352>>34144405I just figured it could be a loophole.If we're forbidden from working for P-COC, then she can't make us sign.If it doesn't work I'd advise surrender.Don't really like the bloodthirst
Rolled 1 (1d8)>>34144565If only we could take her with us and put her in a pot in the office. We could use some green in the Factory.
Rolled 2 (1d8)>>34144565
>>34144588Really I wish we had done the thing yesterday where we got Saichiko to dress up as a Ghostbuster and get herself confirmed to be not allowed to register.
>>34144617That might have got her in other trouble though, being legit is part of where she draws her power from if I'm not mistaken.
>>34144617Well, she's not going to be allowed to register now. I believe "Ghostbuster Hijinx" disqualifies you from P-COC Officiality.
>>34144617Again, that brings reprisals from her boss down on her head. As much as she now tolerates the Ghostbusters, her shrine and her position as a miko are the very core of who she is. To defy the Emperor Himself, as well as the State Shinto and Council, would be the same as Daisuke showing up to GBHQ with openly displayed P-COC credentials and ID card.
>>34144660But she would have been legitimately denied."Hi, I'm here to register /myself/ and my colleagues""So you are saying /I/ and my comrades are forbidden to register"Nowhere did she lie she was a ghostbuster.
>>34144697A ruling from PCOC is the will of the Emperor after all.
>>34144586Koko lets you go. "This doesn't make sense." She coughs as she drops to the ground. "You already defeated us. We fulfilled any destiny or prophecy." She chuckles. "Rank 4 threat my leafy ass...wait..."Star pauses as she was trying to get through the smoke."I'll tell them that the Priestess who was number 444 and her 'partner' signed and took off before the fire." She wheezes. "But make me an oath...please...""What?""There's a maid cafe in Akihabara." Koko says. "Protect it.""There's a lot of maid cafes in Akihabara." Star says."This one has a King Arthur theme. In the middle of the place...is a grove. My grove. Promise me you'll keep it safe." She wheezes out another cough. "Why would I ever say no to something like that?" Star says. "It's...not...exactly...innocent" She coughs. "We need to feed...everyone needs to eat...""Spill it." Star says."Narcotic in the tea." Koko says. "From our sap...keeps them coming back. Wanting to stay with us. Eventually they stay there, inside the trunk, forever. Just one a year! That's all. We've never hurt the girls. Promise!"Star feels a muscle in her throat involuntarily clench, and her hands shake a little.> Agree.> Say nothing and leave.> Throw this monster into the fire.> Throw this monster into the fire and make sure she burns.> Throw this monster into the fire and make sure she burns slowly.> Other, that involves setting this bitch on fire.
>>34144923>Say nothing and leave.We're not murderers, but we're not going to protect them either.
>Throw this monster into the fire and make sure she burns.There goes any good will I had toward this thing.
>>34144923> Is there ANY way that you can feed without killing someone?
>>34144923>Say nothing and leave.This is our chance to get gone and get away clean, vengeance wouldn't be worth it unless we were controlling Akira.
>>34145020Seriously this, we have technology for a reason and there is the sanctuary.They will have to pay for their crimes, but it doesn't have to be death. In any event this means we have a new job to be done down the road sometime later.
>>34145020That's the kind of question they should have asked themselves. Does the answer really matter now that they've been killing innocent people? We have a job to do, and after this one's destroyed, we need to go hit up that grove.
>>34145080And really vengeance would be justified here in that these are actual malicious and they kill people. If this were a big ugly angry monster that only comes out once a year we'd of killed it all the same.But our escape is more important right now.>>34145092Well, after the whole avoiding the apocalypse thing.
>>34145092Yeah, well maybe they didn't have help. We've seen the 'friends' they have. Kitsune wouldn't try to help a human. We should be the better people here and try to help them.
>>34144923>Other"And why isn't a cow good enough? Or, I dunno, donated blood packets? Sure, you'd need more, but it wouldn't be people you're killing."
>>34145135I'm sure Akira will take it really well when we're even making deals with the ones that actually, verifiably murder humans on a regular basis.
>>34145139They probably have to absorb souls or lifeforce, which we could theoretically substitute with PKE.Or perhaps they can't afford to buy an entire cow. . .
>>34145092None the deaths that Daisuke has caused seem to weigh on his mind. In a way, the Ghostbusters are really speciest. They won't go after humans, no matter how many people they've killed; they only go after ghosts and supernaturals.
>>34145189We do it with Kali and the old man already.Killing is still killing, be the reduction of life for day or a year or 20 years, after all.Still, wouldn't fly with him I'd expect.
>>34145200Well, in Daisuke's case, his actions were irrefutably justified.As for the 2nd, Ghostbusters have gone after humans before, such as wizards or sorcerors cultists or even rogue scientists.
>>34145189They'll keep doing it unless we give them an alternative. If they have an alternative, some will stop, and some will continue. If we make stopping easier, most will stop, and the rest get trapped.
>>34144923>Say nothing and leave.For some reason, I'm reminded of the idol episode of "Blue Seed". Don't remember how it goes.
>>34145285There is a lot of assumption going on here, and trying to negotiate with the wrong spirits, like the winter mother, and potentially this one, has come close to biting us in the ass before.
>>34144947>>34145020>>34145337Star just turns her back on Koko and heads for the stairs where Sachiko is waiting at the door. She's not making any deals with any piece of drug-pushing scum. Also they kill people which is bad as well...a trip to Akiba is in order.Of course, this will probably cause no end of trouble for the Ghostbusters and Sachiko down the line but...fuck it. She's not Akira, she couldn't throw Koko into the fire. But she's not...she can't...Star rubs her arms.She has the bad feeling that there might be a few 'Bad Days' upcoming. Maybe it would be best to invite trouble. You can't get into Trouble if you're dealing with trouble. Star thinks to herself.She shakes her head free of those thoughts when she gets out of the P-COC building and finds the two idiots."Hey." Sato says. "How'd it go?""We might....we HAVE a small problem." Star says.
>>34145435Daisuke sticks his head out of the restroom and finds that there's no one watching him in the cafeteria. Just a few OLs and salarymen who are staring at their food or phones. He heads for the stairs. No one stops him and there's no security lock on the door. Looks like there might be one later, but not today.It only occurs to you, once you step into the stairwell, that you have NO idea what you're looking for.At all.Crap.Well there's thankfully a list of the floors next to the stairwell.1) CAFETERIA & RECEPTION2) RECEIVING & RECORDS3) REGISTRY INTERVIEW4) ASSESSMENT5) ACCOUNTING6) OFFICES & MEETING ROOMS7) MAINTENANCE8) EMPLOYEE LOUNGE> What floor?
>>341455382) RECEIVING & RECORDS
>>34145435We gotta expose that the Japanese branch of PCOC has been infiltrated by supernaturals trying to keep tabs on exorcists and distract them from murder.
>>34145538Temped to go with 3 or 4 purely for the luck merits.3) REGISTRY INTERVIEWMaybe we'll find out even more about the registry system.
>>34145538>RECEIVING & RECORDSPerfect, we need copies of as many files as we can carry.
>>34145580Pretty sure that's just where people are being interviewed so I doubt we'll find much of interest up there.
>>34145538>2) RECEIVING & RECORDSHere, we need the records.
>>341456143rd floor is where the other four went. Just for review.
>>34145587Hopefully we'll be able to sift through a shit ton of useless PCOC beuarcratic garbage in time.
>>34145262>irrefutably justified.Not exactly. It's only justified in Daisuke's mind and in the minds of fringe crazies.The rest of society see Daisuke as an immoral misfit who, despite as much trouble and chaos he causes, still hasn't done anything technically illegal that the police could throw him in jail for, as much as they want to.
>>341455388) EMPLOYEE LOUNGEI don't think there's evidence there, I just think Daisuke could use a quick cup of coffee, man.
>>34145558>>34145587>>34145649You go up the stairs and open the floor to the second floor.It looks like a call center. There are people taking calls and a few people walking around.You see the backs of Sato and Akira as they're led around by another guy, a woman with a tray of marbles walks past them. None of them notice you.> Eavesdrop on what the people taking calls are saying.> Find an empty desk and see if you can't get onto the computer.> Shadow the others, see where they're going.> Other
>>34145707>Not exactly. It's only justified in Daisuke's mind and in the minds of fringe craziesDaisuke is a reliable narrator
>>34145587>we need copies of as many files as we can carry.We have a smartphone, right? Why not just take photos of all files?Or if there's a copier, many office copiers have a function to email scanned documents; we could just email the files to us and erase our email address from the copier afterwards. I doubt that the youkai here are savvy enough with computers to know to go through the deleted sectors of the onboard memory (not to mention, records like that are usually stored in a CMOS chip, so that normal recovery methods don't work).
>>34145727>Find an empty desk and see if you can't get onto the computer.We don't want the PR spiel, we want the truth!
>>34145735>>34145707*and what he says is truth.In the same manner he is able to accurately predict without error that Kaede can still live a decently happy life without joining us.
>>34145727> Find an empty desk and see if you can't get onto the computer.Maybe we'll be lucky, and the user put their password on a post-it underneath the keyboard.
>>34145727> Find an empty desk and see if you can't get onto the computer.I wonder do they even have passwords for their access?
>>34145727>Find an empty desk and see if you can't get onto the computer.Works in all the crime shows I watch. Do we have a USB drive?
>>34145735>>34145762I'm not arguing that Daisuke was right.I'm arguing the irrefutable part, when much of society doesn't think it was right. Otherwise Daisuke wouldn't have become a social pariah and his family blacklisted from work and social circles.We know he was right, Daisuke knows he was right, but the rest of society, who are NPC's, say he was wrong.
>>34145802>Do we have a USB drive?You'd be surprised at the proportion of Japanese youth that are tech illiterate.
>>34145768>>34145801>>34145802You go over to an empty desk that's just inside the cubicle farm and sit down. The computer's on screen saver, a little shake of the mouse and...yep...password and user name.You do a quick check for post-it notes, notes in the desk, under the keyboard. The usual light search for anything that might be a clue.> Roll 1d6
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>34145932
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>34145932Windows OS actually saves the username of the last authenticated user.
Rolled 14 (1d20)Roll roll roll that search check
>>34145950nobody else roll
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>3414593212356
>>34145972>>34145966>>34145964y u do dis?
>>341459641d6. We use a variety of dice for this quest, mostly for GM's amusement.>>34145972Like this person demonstrated. Amusement.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>34145964Why do I automatically use a D20?
>>341459722 3's, and then you had to go and fuck this up for us.
>>34146010.........my luck is horrible.
>>34145959Most fools keep passwords no more than twenty feet away.
>>34145950>>34145959>>34145972If 3 is now a crit, we should be fine, 1 3 cancels out the 4 and the other remains as a crit.
>>34146040Then for the love of God please stop rolling and stop fucking things up for the rest of us already.
>>34146107I've only rolled twice, once as part of the epidemic of 2's last thread and then this one.
>>34145950>>34145959>>34145972Good news. You found a post-it note with both screen name AND a password!Bad news. The guy who's desk this actually is, is back.You quickly pocket the paper, and smile at the guy. Yes, yes, you're new. No, you didn't know that this was 'his' desk. Were we supposed to have assigned spots? Well, that does explain the toy bobbleheads and the other things scattered around here. Ah, well, so terribly sorry, won't happen again. Yes, yes. You'll take a desk over there.You walk away, ignoring the grumblings of 'prick' behind your back and you head over to a more abandoned looking desk and sit down.Thankfully, the system doesn't have any problem with two people being hooked into the network at the same time. You hope that there isn't someone else who can see that. Bobblehead doesn't exactly have top access to all of P-COC's records. There's the employee manual, a mission statement written by Peck, the questionnaire script people are supposed to follow when they get a call...and a heavily filtered web browser.> Check the email. Maybe there's some stuff passed around informal channels.> See if you can look up any records, see any of Bobblehead's past calls.> Log out. This isn't getting you anywhere.> Other
>>34146086Oh, anon, 4s cannot be cancelled. Ghostmaster just takes both the crits AND the crit-fails and mashes them together for his amusement. Case-and-point >>34142365 .
>>34146139Okay then, I thought you were the guy who kept on rolling 4s earlier in the thread.
>>34146152>Check the email. Maybe there's some stuff passed around informal channels.This will probably give us the most insight into what's really going on here.
>>34146152Email, office gossip is awesome for stuff like this
>>34146152> Check the email. Maybe there's some stuff passed around informal channels.Let's see if we can find out what those "orders" are.>>34146158Because all 4s were rolled voluntarily.
>>34146152>OtherOpen the web browser on our smartphone and generate a throwaway Gmail Japan account. Save the Inbox to a psd file (assuming that they're using Outlook), and email the psd file to the gmail account. Then delete the email from the Sent box.
>>34146240No, but if I noticed I was having a string of bad rolls I would stop fucking rolling for a while and let some other people have a go for good luck or something.
>>34146289As a statistics student I would say gambler's fallacy, but we're gamers dammit, we're supposed to be superstitious
>>34146329Exactly, theoretically speaking I know it doesn't make a difference but on some level you have to admit that luck is a factor you should consider, and some dice are just evil, like the d20 that rolls nothing but 1s for one of my players.
>>34146152> Check the email. Maybe there's some stuff passed around informal channels.> See if you can look up any records, see any of Bobblehead's past calls.
>>34146255Supporting this. Very useful & quick.
On the subject of whether we ruthlessly pursue supernaturals that have taken a human life, versus first attempt to show them an alternative, weren't there two instances in the original Ghostbusters cartoon that had the Ghostbusters not pursue with prejudice?There was the town of vampires versus the town of werewolves; the Ghostbusters said "Fuck this, we out" when the two sides started fighting/infecting each other, and didn't bother to check if they ever drained/killed humans.And then there was the one instance where they were hired by a vampire to get rid of a vampire hunter. The vampire had given up draining humans of blood, but they never investigated if he had drained humans in the past.
>>34146383I roll great out of combat. I get into combat and miss every roll. My dice hate fighting apparently, which is a shame because I was supposed to be one of the frontline damage people in my last game.
>>34146152> See if you can look up any records, see any of Bobblehead's past calls.
>>34146443Right, and we have shown mercy in most cases by now, and all of them have been different from spirits that admittedly kill humans, and have now asked us up front to help them keep killing humans. We already can't qualify as ruthless at this point for the sheer leniency we've already displayed - at this point, some of us are just fighting for these Ghostbusters to have any standards at all. We're not called Ghost-hold-hands-and-sing-kumbaya-ers.
>>34146445I know that feel, I was supposed to be the face and couldn't roll diplomacy to save my life (which wasn't too terrible since my bonus was already ungodly high, but it was still kinda annoying). The worst part about that d20 is that he still hasn't learned his lesson, he'll see somebody else roll a string of 19s and 20s then pick it up himself and roll nothing but 1s for the rest of the night.
>>34146445Combat is relatively simpler and of less overall value than being good at plot, though it is more fun and we are better at it ostensibly.
>>34146240>>34146196>>34146230You pull up the email, and thankfully bobble head used the same password to that. Thank you modern office culture.The emails are pretty boring. Mostly questions about policy, car pools, and shift changes.However, there are a few gems.First is that people are complaining about the 'lounge records issue.' There's no more access to the employee lounge. There's just a bunch of 'locked file cabinets' that appeared overnight. Management apologizes for the inconvenience and says that it's just temporary until the Registry is complete and the old paper records that were given to P-COC for assessment are digitized. Until then people are to NOT touch the articles in the lounge area, under penalty of immediate termination.People are also complaining about the noises from Maintenance. There's a lot of pound noises from that floor and people can hear them all they way down on floor 3 sometimes. Management apologizes for it, explaining that Maintenance is moving in some advanced IT equipment up there and special hardware is being installed. Also that anyone entering the 7th floor without clearance will be immediately terminated.Finally Yasuo wants all of the human employees to remember that the yokai employees are under no obligation to drop their glamours, or even say that they're yokai. That commentary on their dietary needs in the cafeteria is considered rude, and to not be offended by some personal habits. He lists some common tanuki, kuchisake-onna, and kitsune habits that might seem strange to humans, but are harmless. Also that revealing the existence of the yokai is akin to outing a homosexual, and will be viewed as a hate act and immediate grounds for dismissal.Also, the company dinner will be at a rather nice resturaunt where P-COC human employees will get to ask their yokai co-workers about their existence anonymously and are encouraged to do so.Also, the list of birthdays needs to be updated.(cont)
>>34146549>and have now asked us up front to help them keep killing humansShe asked for protection of the grove, which means that someone is threatening to burn her down (most likely the kitsune in order to secure her cooperation). She can't ask for help in finding an alternative method of sustenance, if her first priority is not being burned to ash, either by her current master or by us.
>>34146549When you're under the threat of someone killing you and all you love, and there's another person right in front of you who can either protect you or kill you, do you first ask them to help you with your addiction problem, or ask them not to kill you and protect them from the other person who's threatening to kill you?
>>34146595Heh. My Paladin tries to be the party face. In our first game he did this by trying to threaten the Queens of Winter and Summer (and if you have any mythological background you'll understand how monumentally BAD an idea that is). In the current one he's a level 2 character who tried to pay for an item with our bosses money (which he didn't even have on him and had to beg for it).We decided to steal the item in question after he left the session early, just to piss him off.
>>34146778Somehow I knew where that was going as soon as you said "paladin", I don't think we've ever had a single game with someone playing a paladin that didn't involve some sort of horrible inter-party conflict.
>>34146680>youkai employees of P-COCIsn't there something in the P-COC regulations about needing to be fully human and alive in order to be an employee?I'm pretty sure that Equal Opportunity Employment only applies to humans.Youkai and other supernaturals don't have rights. They're not human, after all.
>>34146680There's talk about the 'Second Stage' project too. After the registry, P-COC is going to ramp up efforts for yokai/human integration. School programs, public education, workshops, and other ideas for integrating the non-human residency of Japan with the human. It's mostly spitball ideas and general mission statements. Nothing solid, at least the people in Receiving aren't getting anything solid, yet.> Leave, leave the building. This is WAY bigger than you have ANY hope for. You guys need to regroup.> Yasuo is supposed to be in today. Send him an email, or call him. Cause the two of you need to talk. NOW.> They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!> Other
>>34146549>>34146443I don't think Star killed anyone in the Raid, given she was holding the booze.Considering that Koko had already surrendered, I don't really have a problem with Star not being comfortable horribly murdering her, justified or not.It makes sense for her not being able to handle burning someone alive.
>>34146839>Yasao>places we need to go now
>>34146839>They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!Continue recon.Yasuo's been compromised.
>>34146839>They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!I think we still have a few minutes and we're gonna need more than hearsay if we want to bring P-COC down.
>>34146839>OtherForward ALL of these emails to a throwaway Gmail Japan account so that we can show them to Peck and demonstrate how P-COC Japan has been suborned by youkai.Then> They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!
>>34146839>> They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!>OtherTake pictures, make copies of the emails somehow. We need evidence.
>They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!>>34146817He was only paladin once, we just refer to him that way.
>>34146839Just leave before we get kidnapped Let's not push our luck, Star and Sana already got a lot.
>>34146911>>34146918Changing my vote from >>34146925 to these.
>>34146839> They say don't go to the Lounge or Maintenance...well I guess it's pretty clear as to where we need to go now!We need more information
>>34146839>Other>>34146911>>34146918Backing these, we need proof of this treachery for when we expose them to the world at large.
>>34146911You copy all the emails and...discover that the admins have blocked all non-employee email webpages.If you're going to email this to anyone, it has to be to an address of someone you know. And when you do that, the P-COC admins WILL see it.Also, you aren't the one who knows all the emails of the other GB branches or central. That's what you have a secretary for, after all.You can still risk it and send it to someone you know though.> Risk it.> Don't.
Wow, we really are speciests.The very idea that there can be integration and civil rights for supernaturals is met with hostility (even if it is part of a conspiracy).PAGAN does have a point; the Ghostbusters are for segregation, and they'll bust/beat any supernatural that gets uppity.Or even worse, they'll turn a blind eye to it so long as they're appropriately paid off.
>>34147015>>34146911What are you guys talking about? There's nothing wrong with hiring Youkai, if anything, that should be encouraged.The PROBLEM is that -these- specific Youkai are part of a doomsday cult.
>>34147117>Don'tNot juicy enough.
>>34147117>Don't.It's not specific enough to risk bringing the hammer down on one of our friends. Character development!
>>34147117Wait, the browsers are filtered, right?But, would they filter the Shrine Registry and associated websites?Could we do a quick search for their email address and send it to them, with a subject line that we are attempting to send these attachments to the miko located in <official name of Sachiko's shrine>?
>>34147193Yeah in this case, from what we know of the email, the Youkai aren't hostile and Daisuke hasn't seen any threatening behavior.The only reason to panic is racism.
>>34147117If no texting someone else to open a gurillamail account to send the Email to, don't do it.
>>34147213Which would then get Sachiko targeted again right after we just barely got her out. Not exactly an ideal solution there.
>>34147117How about printing it out with an office printer? Can we do that?
>>34147215>The only reason to panic is racism.>being Japanese born and raised in JapanXenophobia and racism is pretty much part of the background noise of being Japanese. It's so pervasive that most people don't even realize it's racist unless it's pointed out.
>>34147117Proxy create an email account through Google Translate. Unless they blocked that too.
>>34147219Can we do that? I don't know if any of the others are in a position to do that right this second, and if it would take more than a minute or two that would be too long.
>>34147117Wait, why aren't we creating a throwaway gmail account through our smartphone?Or are we so goddamn backwards that we don't have a browser or data plan on our cellphone?
>>34147189>>34147193There's nothing really BAD about these emails anyway. Also, it's not like you aren't doing the same thing with the yokai sanctuary.Still, you're curious about that stuff about the lounge and maintenance.You get up and go back to the stairs.> Go all the way up to the lounge> Go to maintenance> Other
>>34147256What about Sana back at the Factory?And I've walked a person through making a Gmail Japan account, it really does only take a minute (barring getting them to realize that, no, the popup window from the antivirus just needs to be closed, the gmail application window is still there, just close the goddamn popup).
>>34147280>Go to maintenanceThe less distance we have to cover the better, especially if we're on the clock.
>>34147280...Actually no.Let's not go all the way to the 7th and 8th floors where there's no hope of escape.Let's just leave.
>>34147280> Go to maintenance
>>34147280>Go to maintenanceThe file cabinets are locked, so I don't think we'll have much lock in opening them anyway.
>>34147280>Go to maintenanceLet's see what goes bump in the night.… on the seventh floor.
>>34147343I mean I don't think people realize that Maintenance is just one floor below the employee lounge and our hope of egress becomes slimmer and slimmer the higher we get.
>>34147368>>34147349>>34147340You hike up the stairs, and finally get to the 7th floor.> Roll 1d6
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>34147393
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>34147393Come on, no ghost rolls!
>>34147392>>34147407>>34147393Yeah, this is why that wasn't a great idea.Hopefully there will just be a guard or something blocking the way.
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>34147393Let's go!
>>34147407The fire alarm goes off.Crap.You hear people walk/running on this floor and hear a door opening above you. People are beginning to evacuate the building.Double crap.> Evacuate the building> Try to slip into Maintenance as people are filing out.> If you can find a place to hide, somewhere, you'll have a full run of the building when they're all gone.> Other
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>34147393A hiking we go.
>>34147546>> If you can find a place to hide, somewhere, you'll have a full run of the building when they're all gone.This. We're Daisuke, we're decent at a little hiding.
>>34147546>If you can find a place to hide, somewhere, you'll have a full run of the building when they're all gone.I know it's risky, but the potential reward is too great to pass up.
>>34147546> Try to slip into Maintenance as people are filing out.As we walk through the crowd, shout "Please evacuate the building in an orderly fashion and follow the exit signs! Move quickly, thank you!"
>>34147546>Evacuate the buildingWe don't know it's a ruse, it's not a good idea to stay on higher floors of a building that is currently in flames.
>>34147546>If you can find a place to hide, somewhere, you'll have a full run of the building when they're all gone.Janitor's closet, or a bathroom.
>>34147589I like this
>>34147546>Evacuate the buildingThey probably won't all leave, it seems like it'd just be easier for us to get cornered.
>>34147589Seconding this, Bavarian Fire Drills work wonders in Asian cultures.
>>34147589Let's do this.
>>34147546> If you can find a place to hide, somewhere, you'll have a full run of the building when they're all gone.
>>34147585>>34147586>>34147602>>34147723Okay, you are currently on a stairwell in a office building. The list of hiding spots isn't that great.> Run to the top of the stairs quickly and hide by the roof access door. No traffic that way, and as long as people don't look up you're golden.> Hide behind the maintenance door. Very very risky, but who looks behind a door when they're focused on leaving a building?> You think you might have seen a janitor's closet a few floors down. You can fake being an evacuee and then (if it isn't locked) hide in there.> Other
>>34147628It just... really doesn't seem like a smart idea to do this without any gear or backup or anyone even knowing where we went.
>>34147788>Hide behind the maintenance door. Very very risky, but who looks behind a door when they're focused on leaving a building?Making the best of a bad situation here.
>>34147788>Run to the top of the stairs quickly and hide by the roof access door. No traffic that way, and as long as people don't look up you're golden.The others seem too risky.
>>34147788>> You think you might have seen a janitor's closet a few floors down. You can fake being an evacuee and then (if it isn't locked) hide in there.If it's locked we can fake it all the way out.
>>34147788>You think you might have seen a janitor's closet a few floors down. You can fake being an evacuee and then (if it isn't locked) hide in there.We don't have to compound our recklessness with more recklessness
>>34147679>>34147708If you didn't nest your votes, maybe you would've won instead of getting ignored.
>>34147788> Run to the top of the stairs quickly and hide by the roof access door. No traffic that way, and as long as people don't look up you're golden.
>>34147788>You think you might have seen a janitor's closet a few floors down. You can fake being an evacuee and then (if it isn't locked) hide in there.This way we have an evac plan in place if infiltration doesn't work.
>>34147948>>34147867>>34147862You go down the stairs and try to get to the janitor's closet without hitting a crowd, and praying that it isn't locked.> Roll 2d6, highest score plays.
Rolled 5, 4 = 9 (2d6)>>34147994roll
Rolled 1, 2 = 3 (2d6)>>34147994Oh boy
Rolled 3, 1 = 4 (2d6)>>34147994Let's give this a shot.
Rolled 4, 4 = 8 (2d6)>>34147994Incoming failure. Guess we're not getting anything out of this.
Rolled 2, 5 = 7 (2d6)>>34147994
I wonder where all the time went? Did Daisuke just spend the whole time reading someone else's email and trying to go up stairs?
>>34148019Oh thank god this one didn't count. Saved by 12 seconds!
>>34148003You head down the stairs and...crap there's a crowd of people.> Just join in with them. This is getting way too dangerous, also...you're IN a burning building! There's stupid ideas and then there are suicidal!> Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.>Just go into the janitor's closet like you know what you're doing and are supposed to be there. Maybe that'll be enough to keep you from being spotted.> Other
>>34148257>Just join in with them. This is getting way too dangerous, also...you're IN a burning building! There's stupid ideas and then there are suicidal!We have no reason to assume the fire isn't a problem.
>>34148257>>Just go into the janitor's closet like you know what you're doing and are supposed to be there. Maybe that'll be enough to keep you from being spotted.If you look like you know what you're doing, other people will mind their own business
>>34148257>Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.We're already pretty damn recognizable as it is so it's not like this is going to make things any worse.
>>34148257>Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.Not like we've ever been afraid to be recognized before.
>>34148257>Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.We're already on the sign-in book as having signed in, and all people will remember is that we were instructing people to leave.This is as innocuous as P-COC Japan's plans for giving supernaturals civil rights and treating them as anything more than animals to be euthanized or monitored for future euthanization.
>>34148257> Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.
>>34148257>Just join in with them. This is getting way too dangerous, also...you're IN a burning building! There's stupid ideas and then there are suicidal!Stop fucking metagaming you jackasses.This is retarded.
>>34148381>>34148353>>34148340"Alright everyone, single file please!" You say to everyone as you shepherd them past you. "This is probably nothing, someone probably just left their lunch in the toaster too long. That's right, keep calm and move swiftly but don't run."The other workers all file past you calmly. The plan seems to be working.> Roll 1d8
>>34148257>> Do the Bavarian Fire Drill trick and try and talk people going past you. It'll probably work, maybe, but it'll also make you very noticeable and recognizable if anyone asks about you later.Time to assist P-COC like responsible contractors.
The fire alarm has gone off, but why haven't the sprinklers?Wouldn't that strike Daisuke as odd?
>>34148257>Just join in with them. This is getting way too dangerous, also...you're IN a burning building! There's stupid ideas and then there are suicidal!
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>34148442Well, this seems like it's going to result in something not nice.
>>34148442>>34148464NOBODY ELSE ROLL
Rolled 4 (1d8)>>34148442>>34148490Doesn't work like that.
>>34148510You are the hero we don't need, nor the one we deserve.
Rolled 6 (1d8)>>34148510Bleh, well, throwing in a third roll for the necessary 3
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>34148442
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>34148442>>34148510Alright then, let's see how this goes!
>>34148445>The fire alarm has gone off, but why haven't the sprinklers?Actually checked this, just to be sure.Fire sprinklers have their own independent triggering systems separate from whatever smoke alarms may exist. They only activate when there's an actual fire, because they're heat-activated.
>>34148510Well, this should be interesting.
>>34148532Considering you guys are trying to get Daisuke killed, I'd say this is actually a good thing.
>>34148490Gotta have three rolls. Get something juicy on the fourth roll? Too bad.
>>34148692Daisuke also doesn't have much of a sense of self-preservation, given his past actions, and the fact that he's a Ghostbuster.
>>34148464>>34148510Well, it was going great...until the last two people came out of the offices floor.Yasuo and that woman he was with on the soap bubble day.They're as surprised to see you as you are.Yasuo smiles. "I got a message that you were in the building, and that you were here to talk to us about your fees."You nod. Have to think quick now. "Yeah, I was sent to accounting who sent me to receiving who sent me up here. I've been walking up and down these stairs all day and now THIS."Daisuke laughs. "Ah well, the joys of being a civil servant is being able to pass the buck endlessly. I'm sure it'll get settled. Anyway, why the change? I thought you were so focused on not paying us until pigs flew.""It's a tax thing for Central." You say. "They want us to clear it up." You are trying to avoid the fact that the very pretty woman who is walking behind you two seems intent on glaring at you.Yasuo nods. "Understandable. Well, hopefully we got SOMETHING settled before this, and can get back into the building...what with that nonsense going on outside." He shakes his head. "People really have trouble trusting their governments these days, don't they?""It's all this foreign influence." The woman snaps. "A true soul of Japan trusts in their superiors. This is Cultural Infection from the West.">You only have so much stair before you get outside, what are you going to start with? There is no way that you're going to get by Yasuo or his co-worker without causing a scene.> You know, you sound EXACTLY like that PAGAN leader.> Yasuo...ummm...we've notice a few...irregular things about your employees on our PKE meters. Can we talk?> Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are? > Other
>>34148795>You know, you sound EXACTLY like that PAGAN leader.This could lead to some interesting conversation.
>>34148795>Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are?It'd be great if she just flat out said she was Tamamo-no-Mae
>>34148835Shouldn't we be happy that Tamamo-no-Mae doesn't already know that?
>>34148795>Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are? >Other"You know, that kind of talk is dangerous for civil servants. That's EXACTLY the kind of rhetoric coming from black vans and certain...unsavory elements. Like PAGAN out there. They don't seem to like the fact that P-COC was founded by an American, and now interferes in Japan."
>>34148795All of the above!
>>34148795> Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are? We shouldn't get on this ladies bad side or on her stance while Yasuo is around, that'd be impolite before even a proper Japanese greeting
>>34148917Kind of like the sound of this. Formal enough she can't call it outright rude, a good way of fishing for some info, and a bit of passive-agressive verbally backhanding the teeth out of her mouth.
>>34148917I like this.
>>34148917>and now interferes in Japan."Make it "and now interferes in Japanese internal spiritual matters."
>>34148795>Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are?Polite!
>>34148917"Hello, I'm Harutora Daisuke, Ghostbuster, we haven't formally met. You are?""Hoji Mae." The woman says."Mae works with me," Yasuo says. "We're pretty much running P-COC since Peck has Lady Une...occupied with inter-system concerns.""Ah." You say. "You know, that kind of 'Cultural Warfare' talk is dangerous for civil servants. That's EXACTLY the kind of rhetoric coming from black vans and certain...unsavory elements. Like PAGAN out there. They don't seem to like the fact that P-COC was founded by an American, and now interferes in Japan.""Well, I suppose that YOU would know ALL about THAT. Wouldn't you?" Mae says."Mae's...a bit of a nationalist." Yasuo says."I prefer to think of it as having pride of my homeland!" Mae says."Daisuke's not some politician or centuries old rock creature that you have to convince, Mae!" Yasuo says with a laugh. "You can ease up. He believes in our cause.""He does?""I do?""Well, you're building that Yokai sanctuary, correct?" Daisuke shrugs. "We're trying to do similar things. Bring the shadows out from the Shadow of Ignorance...you like that? We're still working on a good slogan."You wave your hand in a 'eh' expression. "Needs work.""Well, that's why we have PR. But, anyway, we can trust that you and your organization will keep this quiet? We don't want a panic, and we're all after the same thing. Safety and security for all, human or yokai.""I suppose SOMEONE has to deal with Yurei trash." Mae sniffs."Doesn't this violate P-COC standards? Having non-humans on staff?" You ask."Nope. It actually is supported, thank you American Diversity Guidelines." Yasuo says with a look to Mae, who just rolls her eyes.(cont)
>>34149334Hah, Daisuke's gonna think these guys are great.Good thing Star and Sachiko got a lead, because as it stands, Koko's behavior goes beyond mere "yokai strangeness"
>>34149334There's a lot of little things we could Mae on:>bit of a nationalist"Oh, but the Occupation was so light-handed. I mean, the Americans were satisfied with the women we rounded up for them, and didn't loot and rape any of our major cities. And they didn't even burn the shrines or use national monuments for target practice. You must admit that they were far, far, more lenient than we were in the rest of Far East Asia.">youkai sanctuary"I assume you will have guidelines in place concerning youkai that have killed people, right? After all, there's no statute of limitations where murder is concerned."
>>34149334You reach the bottom floor. "I'm actually glad you're here. There's an...issue that I think you might be the best to deal with.""I thought P-COC swore that they would NEVER hire the Ghostbusters." You say."Well, we can't. However, I CAN put out a bounty and only send one organization out on it." He smiles and then frowns. "This is actually really serious though. It could jeopardize everything we're trying to do here at P-COC.""You aren't going to...seriously?" Mae fumes. "Ugh, we should call in the military, or use the new Registry. Not send THEM!""Mae, we need this done quickly and quietly." He sighs. "We're getting reports from Okinawa. A lot of incidents, we think it might be a kitsune that's gone a bit nasty.""All kitsune are nasty. Spiteful sociopaths to a one." She shivers. "Can't believe we actually have them working for us.""Mae, they're wonderful employees...but yes, they are clinically sociopathic...but that's why we're offering counseling and therapy." Yasuo says."More Western practices..." She shakes her head."That are working, anyway, we're modifying them and changing them to work for us. So they're ours in the end.""I suppose." Mae sighs. "Fine. Tell them.""I'd have to make some adjustments for the travel expenses, but would the Ghostbusters be willing for an all-expenses paid trip to Okinawa to take out a rogue kitsune?"> Sure.> Are you kidding? Where do I sign up?> That sounds like a great idea!> Wait...hold on...I think I have questions...(Must roll a 1d20 for this)
>>34149485>"All kitsune are nasty. Spiteful sociopaths to a one." She shiversWait, why is Mae, one of the progenitor Kitsune, seem so personally affronted that her kind, based on her, are sociopaths?And while this contract would send us to Okinawa and out of her hair, could this rogue Kitsune actually be Inari?
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>34149485>Wait...hold on...I think I have questions...(Must roll a 1d20 for this)Seriously, why us, why now? How tough is this kitsune?
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>34149485"What did she do that's made her rogue?"
>>34149485Is Stumpy causing trouble? Should've aced her when he had the chance, and I'm not talking about bandages.
>>34149485>Wait...hold on...I think I have questions...(Must roll a 1d20 for this)Wait, what is it that this kitsune has done, and do you have a name on this youkai? And when are you planning on send us there?This sounds like such a trap, but if Mae is against it, maybe it's not.
>>34149556>Is Stumpy causing trouble?Are you saying this from an in-character or out-of-character perspective?IC, it wouldn't make much sense for one of Oiwa's agents to be in Okinawa; Okinawans don't really consider themselves Japanese, and vice-versa. They have their own culture, language, traditions, and folklore, which Oiwa wouldn't be a part of, and transferring culture-based PKE would be like Chinese gods trying to use Mongolians to power one of their projects.OOC, Mae doesn't want us to go, so it's probably a rogue kitsune in the sense that she's not obeying Mae and her plans.Of course, as sociopaths, she could just be putting on act.
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>34149485> Wait...hold on...I think I have questions...(Must roll a 1d20 for this)
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>34149485>>34149558Forgot my roll.
>>34149624I would have rolled if it was in character. Sorry for not being clear. Daisuke was the one who saved her, so I doubt he'd have any regrets.
>>34149485I have a question that's not related to the case.If all kitsune have sociopathic tendencies, what's the difference between a kitsune and a nogitsune?
>>34149704>what's the difference between a kitsune and a nogitsune?Also, while there are stories of kitsune being vicious and hurting/killing people, there are also stories of kitsune helping people/being empathic and basically good.In fact, some of the most famous kitsune are the good ones, like Genkuro and the foxes that helped Munechika.Maybe the kami being gone, especially Inari the goddess of foxes, is what caused the kitsune to become sociopaths?Something to ask Rini about. Were Kitsune always sociopaths.
>>34149535"Umm, wait. I have questions." You say.Mae throws up her hands in frustration. "Every. Damn. Time!"Yasuo sighs. "Go ahead.""Why us, and why now?""Well, you're a well known group that's reliable...in your own way. Last thing I need is a hostile yokai causing bad relations. This needs to be settled, quickly. I'm willing to set aside normal politics and procedures for this.""So you want it swept under the rug fast enough that you don't care that we're...us." You say."Your words, not mine." Yasuo says."Okay," You sigh. "How strong is this kitsune?""We've had reports of sightings that say it may have six tails. That's...pretty strong. I think."Mae gives a derisive snort."The kitsune are...reluctant to tell us anything about them really." Yasuo sighs. "Apart from how wonderful they are.""So, do you know why she's gone rogue, or her name, or anything?" You ask."Sadly, we don't. All we have are the victim reports. She's cause a few traffic accidents, temporarily abducted some children and...Mae you put together the case report. What did she do?""Just caused chaos to show her superiority." Mae says. "And you're a tad out of the loop. She did give her name.""Oh she did, well that's good." You say."Yes." Mae looks at you and smiles. "She said that she was Tamamo-no-Mae. She said that she welcomed any challengers, and wanted to make sure that when they looked up and saw the ruins of their world...they knew the name of who defeated them."(cont)
>>34149864"Huh. I didn't get that report." Yasuo says."I was about to bring it to you before we all had to get out due to the fire." Mae says."Ah, well...anyway, we'd be sending you to Okinawa as soon as humanly possible and you'd be there until you solved the problem. Shouldn't take you more than...what Mae?""If we DO send the Ghostbusters there, then they'll be in Okinawa for at LEAST three months...maybe four. Kitsune are hard to root out of their nests. I still don't think this is a good idea, we should send someone on the Registry!""We don't have as strong a presence in Okinawa as we do here. We need to take this one step at a time, and I think the Ghostbusters are the best idea. Don't you, Daisuke?"You nod. It sounds like a great idea. Free trip, good money, Okinawa's nice, and you could get it done in three months, easy. You're seeing a big fat expense account and a lot of days on the beach.Yup. It's a great idea. Leave Tokyo for three months. Okinawa job. Wonderful idea.> Four month vacation sounds good.> A change of scenery sounds nice.> We're never afraid of a challenge. Okinawa it is.> Other...wait...isn't there something...in two months...or less? Something important? (1d20)
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>34149911WORK BRAIN
>>34149864>Tamamo-no-Mae>Six-tailed FoxYou know, this should already be setting alarm bells off in Daisuke's head. All stories about Mae agree that she was a Nine-Tailed Fox.That'd be like someone talking about King Arthur and his Mace, Excalibur.Or the Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>34149911> Other...wait...isn't there something...in two months...or less? Something important? (1d20)Sorry, we've got a job.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>34149911>Other...wait...isn't there something...in two months...or less? Something important?Damn, we're being glamored.Curse you Tamamo-no-Mae.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>34149911>Other...wait...isn't there something...in two months...or less? Something important?
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>34149911>Other...wait...isn't there something...in two months...or less? Something important? (1d20)Ah, for fuck's sake. She's using an enchantment on us, and only acting like she doesn't want to send us there.
>>34149941>Or the Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse.>what a scrub not knowing of the two horsemen of the apocalypse.
>>34149941Is she still a legendary figure in this world, because if so, then yes, that should raise some serious fucking alarms.Also I thought she was double-dead. Like she was killed once, and then her ghost passed on.
>>34149941Seconding this.Also good to see Daisuke's retard will is still working.
>>34150026We're not a retard. We're just really arrogant and conceited.
>>34149977>Is she still a legendary figure in this worldThe Ghostbusters timeline isn't suppose to diverge much from ours until sometime in the mid-80's, and even then, it doesn't change much.All of the sources I'm referring to are unchanged from their pre-20th Century sources.Even the videogames were put out in the early 2000's, and we're supposed to be past 2010, I think.
>>34150040Speaking of, I wonder what Central did with that Ghostbusters DVD they found in 1991.
>>34149962"I'm...sorry." You say. "I...I think we have a job we need to do first.""COME ON!" Mae looks up to the sky in frustration."Mae!" Yasuo says. He looks at you and frowns. "Well, we can't just sit on this. If you don't go quickly, we will have to send someone from the Registry.""Well...we'll...try to keep our calendar clear. But...yeah, there's stuff and things..." You shake you head. "Sorry, brain fart.""Happens." Yasuo says. "Well, keep in touch." He bows."Yeah." You turn and take two steps and then spin on your heel. "Wait. I always thought Tamamo-no-Mae had nine tails. Not six.""Really?" Yasuo says. "Huh. Maybe she's an impostor, or a Legend Copier. You know how they do that, right? Pretend to be a famous being to get some of their power?""Yeah...only thought ghosts did that." You shake your head. "Anyway, good luck with your projects. I hope they work.""Same to you." Yasuo says.Mae just narrows her eyes at you and sneers. Then she spins on her heel and leaves."She's always like that." Yasuo says with a sigh. Then he winks at you. "But it makes the evening a LOT more exciting!""You mean," Your eyebrows go up. "You and her?"Yasuo nods. "Ssssh. What you're thinking is against company policy and I'm certainly not doing ANYTHING like that."You nod and give him a grin. "Of course. Have a good day." You go back to the others."Daisuke!" Star says. "We've got to te-""Not here." You say. "Everyone in YOMI and we're going home. Until then, not a word."The gang and Sachiko (who now is pretty much part of the gang after committing her first felony) head back to the factory.There's a brief conversation in the car via note pad with the radio turned up. You all get back to the Dumpling Factory, and after a quick PKE scan and radio scan, feel secure enough to talk.Star immediately takes the Black Paper to be Spectro-analyized.(cont)
>>34149977>Like she was killed once, and then her ghost passed on.Oh yeah.She was killed once (she asked for mercy, but come on. You're asking for mercy from a pair of Secret Service agents for committing treason and essentially trying to assassinate the President. Might have worked on other exorcists, but their job description pretty much forbade that), then a Buddhist priest basically told her "What are you doing with your un-life, sitting around in a rock all day? Don't you have better things to do?".Now, it was assumed that Mae-turned-Hoji passed on, but it just said it wouldn't haunt the Killing Stone anymore.Also, we do have some conflicting stories about Mae. Some say she was a nogitsune working for an evil daimyo, others that she was a good kitsune forced to work for an evil daimyo.
I guess the important questions right now are, is the kitsune in Okinawa a rogue kitsune not following Mae's order and therefore a potential ally, one of Mae's agents meant to distract us, or is there even a kitsune there since Mae could have just made up the report to send us on a wild goose chase?
>>34150194"So we've got to raid a maid cafe that's eating people." Akira says. "Never liked those places.""Is there anything you DO like that doesn't involve setting someone or something on fire? Would one of those cafes where they dress up in hockey masks and gas masks and you eat in a post-apocalyptic wasteland be more your speed?" Sato says."I thought they closed that place down." Akira says."Getting back to P-COC." You say. "We have...nothing.""What? No! We have the plant lady." Sato says."They already admitted to us that they have Yokai, and I'm damn sure that she has plenty of reason to think that her grove would be burned down if people found out that it ate a person a year by drugging them." You say. "Because if we weren't already going to DO that, P-COC would.""The weird kimono in the front lobby?" Sato asks."Again, they admitted that they have supernatural stuff." You say. "We've just got digital pictures of the thing. No proof.""The paper and the contract?" Sato asks.Akira shakes his head. "This is...not sinister in the least." He says looking it over. "The only thing that's weird is that it keeps saying that obedience to the Emperor is the first and foremost priority. Other than that, standard employment contract. The Ghostbuster Employment Contract has more legal loopholes and nefarious intent.""The black paper?" Sato asks."Dyed papyrus." Star says. "Heavy PKE energy signature, but that's it. Same with the marble. It's just charged...like a battery. No intent or focus, just PKE rich.""Papyrus?" You ask. "Weird.""Yeah, but there's nothing WRONG about that. Is there?" Star says."But they have to be doing SOMETHING evil! They're P-COC!" Sato says."The only thing we know and can prove is that they have ONE nasty Yokai that's trying to keep her home safe and her dirty little secret, secret." Akira says."Sounds like the only reason you don't like them Sato," Sachiko says. "Is because they're P-COC."(cont)
>>34150354Well shit, looks like we flunked that mission.
>>34150354Wait, isn't her insistence that Star and Sachiko had to sign the paper odd? Like there's no reason for Koko to correlate her family's dirty activities with having to make sure everyone registers for the contract, to the point of going in a room filled with fire.That is severely abnormal.
>>34150415That's true. But, as we saw, there may be more than a little mind-manipulation going on to make certain things not seem suspicious.
>>34150415I mean come on, her zealousness doesn't really have a logical explanation unless you go "Youkai be crazy" which isn't very satisfactory at all. She risked her life, and decided to confess what her family was doing, to a fucking ghost buster.
>>34150444>>34150415We need to go check out that cafe, they might be able to tell us what P-COC has over their heads.>>34150440This. Mae seemed really intent on getting the Ghostbusters out of Tokyo for three months. She even used Mind Shit to try and do it, and Daisuke should be able to recognize that short of Influence.Also, the mission itself was unusual. A "Rogue Kitsune" that was supposedly "Tamamo no Mae." If we had a way to get down to Okinawa and back really quick, I'd say we go and try to find her.
>>34150444>decided to confess what her family was doing, to a fucking ghost buster.Think about that for a second. She was willing to confess to someone that she knew was probably going to kill her, because the conditions of her boss, who's already threatening to kill her, were even worse.Maybe she hoped that the Ghostbusters would give her the same chance that Kali and the Old Man got?Because she's got no wiggle-room with her current employer threatening to torch her and her grove.
>>34150494I'm not sure why she bothered confessing anyway.Like I know Youkai can break oaths, but they can totally lie, Tamamo-no-Mae just lied her ass off.Was it so we wouldn't freak out once we knew the truth and were already in the situation?
>>34150354"It's all these little things though." Sato says. "And I remember Yasuo, don't you. He...really didn't seem to be the type who would head up a project like this."Star shrugs. "People change as life changes them.""Yeah." Akira says. "But I'm with Sato, that's a pretty big change from going from Mr. Rule Book to Mr. Equality For All, as well as Mr. Hire Ghostbusters Under The Table.""I'm actually with Sato." Sachiko says. "Proof or not, these people give off a weird vibe. Plus, if they're letting plant girl work for them that means that they're worse at their yokai screening than you guys are.""Also, why would a Plant yokai brave FIRE, just so me and Sachiko would sign a piece of paper?" Star says. "And it didn't sound like she was HIDING the 'eating people' thing.""I'm with you too." You say. "There's something weird going on, and maybe something nasty...but we have no idea what and have no proof at all.""Great." Akira sighs. "Now what? Going back to busting Love Hotel ghosts and getting ready for the Oiwa fight?"You shrug. "Well, we should call Rini and see if her family has heard anything and...hang on." Your phone just vibrated.It's a text from Kaede. You last heard from her that she had gotten back into school and had stopped working three jobs to keep Dad afloat. Things were going well for her.D-HELP!M&D& BOTH GM here.Beware the 'Date Cafe!'Trying to get me married!Coming for you too!Run!- K"What." You say as you look at the text."What is it?" Sachiko asks. "Is that from Kaede? Is she okay?""She says that sh-"Your phone rings.It's your mother.You swallow and answer the phone."Hello?" You say."Daisuke." You hear your mother say. "We need to have a talk..."END EPISODE 30
>>34150415>>34150444>>34150491>>34150494Wait.We think the kimono might be the Furisode Kimono, right? That's one of the possible haunted kimono's that Star and Sachiko identified.That thing would burn Tokyo, including Akihabara.Which would include Koko's maid cafe and grove.It could be that she's being forced to work for Mae now, because if she doesn't, then her grove gets torched. But it's going to get torched anyway, in the fire that Mae is planning.She's dead either way, and she's probably been with P-COC since we took custody of Kali and helped to create the sanctuary with Rini, so maybe she thinks that she's got nothing to lose at this point.Defy Mae = dead.Work for Mae = dead later.Confess to the Ghostbusters and ask for help = maybe dead.
>>34150547Arranged marriages? In this day and age?
>>34150547>M&D& BOTH GM here.>Beware the 'Date Cafe!'>Trying to get me married!>Coming for you too!Oh FUCK! Marriage-arranging in-laws!Shit! We need to get Sana and act like we're about to get married!
>>34150585Nah, we get Sachiko and pretend we're married. Best traditional miko wife of proper traditionalness and formalness to straighten out Daisuke.
>>34150547thanks for the thread, Ghost Master.Really enjoyable as always.
>>34150547>It's a text from Kaede. You last heard from her that she had gotten back into school and had stopped working three jobs to keep Dad afloat. Things were going well for her.Has it been a week already? Good for her!>D->HELP!>M&D& BOTH GM here.>Beware the 'Date Cafe!'>Trying to get me married!>Coming for you too!>Run!>- K…Is she hot?
>>34150575>Arranged marriages? >In this day and age?Hell yes. Those things still happen a fair bit in Japan. At least 30 percent of all marriages at its nadir in 1990, and it's been making a comeback.
>>34150610Wait… who'd want to marry into our family midst the shame and scandal? Unless we're being… acquired and subjugated.
>>34150547You ever read Ghost Sweeper Mikami?From what I've heard, it really reminded me of this quest, though based in the 90s instead of now.
>>34150602Just so you guys don't dwell on it forever, there is no kitsune in Okinawa. Mae was trying to get rid of you. Good rolls though.Don't worry about getting nothing. You have a copy on the Contract, and the Black Paper, and you were able to resist Mae's trick. You also kept Sachiko off the Registry, and helped her unlock some of her PKE manipulation ability. These are all wins.Downside is that Mae knows that Sachiko isn't on the registry, so she's now a target, but that doesn't really change that much. Also, Koko is still loyal to Mae.There was more, of course, but you can't get 'em all.
>>34150662NEXT EPISODE THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 3-5PM PST
>>34150662>Also, Koko is still loyal to Mae.We're planning on checking out the cafe anyways, so this one might not be a total loss.
>>34150662>Also, Koko is still loyal to Mae.Is there still a possibility of turning her, if we can come to an agreement on what she feeds on?
>>34150662Eh, Koko's loyalties could change depending on how we handle her grove. I'm assuming she doesn't trust Mae enough to use her family as bait.Also, is it possible for us to figure out what the Tic-Tac-Toe stuff was all about?
>>34150719>Also, is it possible for us to figure out what the Tic-Tac-Toe stuff was all about?Koko already told us. By saying "You have defeated me and all of my forces" it was supposed to fulfill the technical obligations of any prophecies or destinies which said that a person would "defeat an evil and their army" by defeating already in a game.
>>34150702>>34150708>>34150719I'd say it really depends on when they need the next sacrifice. Like if they're already good for the next eight months, then we have time to work things out.But if it's like next week, we have problems.
>>34150662>Koko is still loyal to Mae.Could we have recruited her as a double agent if we had agreed to protect her grove, then?
>>34150751Really, she's lucky to have gotten away with her life.Considering the style of the choices, I don't think Star was in the mood for accepting.
>We didn't fail utterlyThat's good.Even if we're in shit creek, at least we have a paddle.
>>34150776Yes, Star was horrified at the thought of people being eaten, and of drug addiction.But she also knows how hard it can be to kick an addiction, like what Koko has, but only worse.As for Koko and her type thinking about alternatives to eating humans, consider that the only ones able to come up with science-backed alternative are the Ghostbusters, who are the only ones to have this science and technology (which are proprietary company secrets and therefore NOT published in science journals and NOT available to anyone outside the company) and who have a reputation for blasting and trapping first, asking questions never.
>>34150829>and who have a reputation for blasting and trapping first, asking questions never.Even if that's only like, 80% true.Okay maybe 85%.In any event, she seems plot important and I doubt any of those options would've killed her anyway and if it did, well, lucky us then.Also, the GBJ proper isn't going to forget the Kimono in the glass after all this mess. . .are they?
>>34150858So far it seems like it's just magic.Firstly, it was assumed the Furisode Kimono was destroyed by the fire, I'm pretty sure.Secondly, do you realize just how insane that is to have that be displayed in your lobby, and not in a vacuum-sealed safe at the bottom of a frozen lake? Too crazy to even consider for now, unless there's another dream.Shit's like having Godzilla chained up in your parking lot.
>>34150875>Firstly, it was assumed the Furisode Kimono was destroyed by the fire, I'm pretty sure.And Tamano-no-Mae was killed. Twice. >Secondly, do you realize just how insane that is to have that be displayed in your lobby, and not in a vacuum-sealed safe at the bottom of a frozen lake? Too crazy to even consider for now, unless there's another dream.Considering the kind of shit Central keeps in it's lobby for the hell of it, not at all crazy. Seriously. >Shit's like having Godzilla chained up in your parking lot.Good idea! We need to contact Godzilla, then when giant Oiwa attacks we can team up with the King of the Monsters to fight her....Maybe we can get him his own jumpsuit and Proton Pack.
>>34150909I'm still pretty sure we're gonna have to fight Godzilla at some point in a "choose the shape of your destroyer" thing.
>>34150875>Firstly, it was assumed the Furisode Kimono was destroyed by the fire, I'm pretty sure.I'm not sure what this means, but I do think that glass container would've survived this/>Secondly, do you realize just how insane that is to have that be displayed in your lobby, and not in a vacuum-sealed safe at the bottom of a frozen lake? Too crazy to even consider for now, unless there's another dream.>Shit's like having Godzilla chained up in your parking lot.Well, we do have the essence of a god and a minature apocalypse locked in a box we sleep with in the factory.Hell, Gozer or Shandor probably could've been Godzilla if she wanted to.>>34150909>Considering the kind of shit Central keeps in it's lobby for the hell of it, not at all crazy. Seriously. Central only keeps incredibly mundane and harmless stuff in the front lobby, and something which supposedly caused one of the great fires of Japan is not one of those things.Also if PCOC explicitly says "yeah, that's the the same cursed kimono" then fine, but if this had been swiped under their noses we are still obliged to inform them about it.>>34150946What he said
>>34150875>Firstly, it was assumed the Furisode Kimono was destroyed by the fire, I'm pretty sure.It was burning, but destruction wasn't confirmed. And death/destruction isn't always enough in Japanese folklore.>do you realize just how insane that is to have that be displayed in your lobbyAnd the high-powered weaponry and dangerous energies we deal with are any better?Not to mention, this is a world with confirmed artifacts and supernatural activity. The Imperial Regalia is probably pretty strong, and it also brings into question: Is the Emperor really a kami? Was there a hidden part of the Tokyo Accords that said that the US wouldn't use nukes to disincorporate the kami of Japan in return for the Imperial line agreeing to keep their power sealed?>Shit's like having Godzilla chained up in your parking lot.Who says there isn't? We've got Legion-Class entities in our basement.
>>34150984>Central only keeps incredibly mundane and harmless stuff in the front lobby, and something which supposedly caused one of the great fires of Japan is not one of those things.Peter keeps the Skull of Ivo Shandor on his desk.
>>34151058That was the skull of his actual body before his ascension to godhood, but you do have a point. I would presume they kept the skull of Gozer too.Just saying we could at least ask "that kimono in the front's very interesting. Got a big PKE signature and looks like something outta legend. You guys put that there on purpose right?"
We've been all assuming that Koko's grove is in Akihabara in a maid cafe.What if it's not? What if it's a test to see what the Ghostbusters do?Like, there is a grove in the center of the cafe, but it's just mundane plants with a bit of a PKE trace to make them seem more than they are, and Koko wants to see if we're going to immediately torch her, or if we're willing to discuss terms.It could be a trap set by Mae, but that's assuming that she's got so many contingency plans in place that we'd almost never beat her without a LOT of planning and information-gathering on our own, which we don't have time for.
>>34151095They've got the painting of Vigo down there too, that's appearantly been repossessed. But yeah, if we can get Yasuo alone, just chatting him up about some of the stuff might help. But we have to be careful, we're on Mae's shitlist since we were there under her nose, kept Sachiko off the registry and left looking even more like the heroes potentially. We also need to extend a hand of friendship to PAGAN. Remember the little psychic girl told us that they were the key to getting Oiwa's face back.
>>34151133Oh right that.Wouldn't that fuck with Mae's plans? Having the star of the show just go "nah."
>>34151133Oh yeah, and he comes with over 100 unique lines!Ah PAGAN. Beyond their leader, I still don't like them, don't think I ever will. I actually like the PCOC a lot more than them and am quite sad things turned out this way (really felt the PCOC could've been a force of good here). That said they'll be what the Ghostbusters are to the PCOC, important to the security of the world, technically allies, but we still don't see eye to eye and I think that suits everyone just fine.
>>34151133>key to getting Oiwa's face back.Casting Oiwa as some kind of protagonist would only work if you create some kind of anime/video game like Shin Megami Tensei or Persona where you futz around with legendary figures.A reboot movie of the Yotsuya Kaidan with one of the original screenplays, where Oiwa is still disfigured and killed, but who isn't just a vengeful spirit but one who is seeking justice and is considerate of her sister, could work better.
>>34151166PAGAN is the worst elements of PETA, Sea Shepherd, and ALF. I'd push them into haunted houses to be eaten, but that would only strengthen the entity we need to bust later. Maybe turn Koko's maid cafe into a coffee shop that caters to the PAGAN crowd? They're some people I wouldn't mind seeing disappear.
>>34150999>The Imperial Regalia is probably pretty strong, and it also brings into question: Is the Emperor really a kami?He's definitly divine alright. Emperor Showa rejected the idea of a manifestation of a god, but not divine descent.>Was there a hidden part of the Tokyo Accords that said that the US wouldn't use nukes to disincorporate the kami of Japan in return for the Imperial line agreeing to keep their power sealed?I'm sure Uncle Sam and all the other powers have their own secrets. I'm wondering if the MIB who totally aren't the same MIB with the aliens /surely/ have probably made some major upgrades to themselves thanks to the GB's pioneering of nuclear science and paranormal scienceis.
>>34151205We still don't really know what the spiritual ramifications of the Atomic Bombs were.But I have to imagine they were pretty fucking dire.
So, we need to talk with Rini about kitsune, and if they were always sociopaths, or if that happened later.We need to look up what kind of youkai is Koko, see if there are alternatives to her method of sustenance (by asking Kali, consulting GB guides, and some of Rini's youkai contacts), and then go an pay her grove a visit.Drop Yasuo an email about "Hey, noticed the nice kimono you had on display, but it peaked our PKE meters; anything you want to tell us about it?"And ask youkai and Sachiko about the missing kami, that we got a confirmation from another god from. Oh, and somehow deal with our omiai.While I wouldn't be adverse to at least 1 meeting (there are ways to refuse that allows the refused party to leave with no loss of face and with their dignity intact), I really wouldn't want to inflict the Ghostbuster lifestyle on a spouse.Almost as dangerous as being active-duty military in a combat zone, and comes home smelling worse with potentially ecto-hazardous stains.
>>34151254Atomic Bombs, like most nuclear explosions as well as total protonic reversal, are a one way ticked to the afterlife for all things living or unliving.Complete annihilation of all matter and even spiritual energies that could still tie your immortal soul to this world. Nobody at Hiroshima or Nagasaki had a chance to become a ghost, souls sent straight to the afterlife.And currently the only surefire method to free trapped souls from Rogue Gods at the moment.
>>34151254"Field of Screams" by Mickey Bradley touched on this. Baseball players who played for and against the Hiroshima Carp had some stories. One that stands out in memory is a lady all dressed up in a kimono serving guests beer. They say that some who died went out so quickly, that maybe they still don't realize they're dead and go about their business.
>>34151205>who totally aren't the same MIB with the aliens /surely/It's my personal canon that MIB and GB exist in the same world. (Mostly because the same studio did both cartoons) Also, Egon is fully cleared to know everything about the MIB, and that the GBs are regular 'outsource' work. Sometimes money just shows up in bank accounts...like any GB would every question something like that.
>>34151409>MIB and GB exist in the same worldThen will we ever deal with the ghosts of aliens?Will the ghosts of aliens ever have to deal with us?And what happens when an alien's pantheon butts heads with a local Earth pantheon?
>>34151409Mars Attacks and Ninja Turtles also exist in the same world too, if the Crossovers haven't lied to me.
>>34151425Ghostbusters actually had to deal with an alien ghosts that possessed an astronaut in the international space station.I imagine that since humans an aliens don't have much interaction, neither do our gods, except on the occasion where either of us worship beings who explicitly do. Gozer has eaten a lot of of alien planets, and likely their entire pantheons in her wake.
>>34151425>Then will we ever deal with the ghosts of aliens?You don't remember.>Will the ghosts of aliens ever have to deal with us?You don't remember.>And what happens when an alien's pantheon butts heads with a local Earth pantheon?You don't remember.
>>34151473>You don't remember.Goddamn neuralizer.Egon's glasses are anti-neuralizer coated, aren't they?
>>34151473Technically the ghosts of aliens would fall outside of the MIB's jurisdiction. Especially since Central remembers all of their interactions with Alien Ghosts.
>>34151501>Implying they didn't orchestrate that entire event and let them keep their memories on purpose
>>34151490Of course, but the last time the two groups paths crossed, he pokerfaced so there'd be less paperwork and more usable data.
>>34151515>Implying that they did.
Now I'm wondering if the underworld has their own Peoplebuster version of the MIB, who deal with alien ghosts.
>>34151538I'm still waiting for the big underworld Tokyo sojourn episode of this quest where we get to meet them proper, even if it's just Yurei or something.
>>34151568The peoplebusters I mean
>>34151568If we go into Yomi, gotta watch out for angry ex-wives.
>>34151568I'd be surprised if there wouldn't be an underworld journey episode, and to meet them would be amazing, but even without that to simply briefly see them along with any other ghostly allies we might have in the final battle to help us stop our worlds from colliding (and inconvenience to many on the other-side as well) would be awesome.